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“Live In The Real World” (DVD) by Stream Of Passion

Artist: Stream Of Passion featuring Ayreon
Title: “Live In The Real World” (DVD)
Label: InsideOut Music
Release Date: 7/18/2006
Genre: Progressive Gothic
Rating: 5/5

When I first heard the Stream Of Passion project created by Arjen Lucassen I was completely blown away with how different the band had come out. If you have followed any of Arjens work with his Melodic Power Metal group Aryeon you already know of his capabilities in that area. Aryeon has given fans of this genre a series of well-written epics full of melody and tasty musicianship. He formed Stream Of Passion to be a different sort of group and one that would follow the female vocals of Marcela Bovio, whom he had worked on “The Human Equation” with. Marcela is not only an amazing vocal talent but she is also one of the most beautiful women in Melodic Rock music today and together Arjen and she were able to create a very interesting project. SOP is a band that can appeal to those fans of Nightwish, Evanescence and The Gathering for many of the basic principles they hold are also present in this group. “Embrace The Storm” is a very interesting record and while heavy at moments is no where near being a Metal recording. It is more of a Melodic Gothic Rock that makes use of some interesting keyboards and string arrangements while having a solid heavy guitar crunch underneath. The DVD captures the group live in concert in Arjen’s native Holland in front of a sold-out crowd and much to the delight of the viewer and fans present the band does not only perform SOP material. Since the album and bands debut was only released last year around this time it makes no sense to immediately follow it with a live performance of the same album. So instead of this, Arjen and Company bring to the stage a great amount of his work with Aryeon as they touch upon some of the bands back catalog including “The Final Experiment” and “The Human Equation”. The Ayreon tracks are also sung by Damian Wilson. I enjoyed the fact that he even slipped a little “Star One” in to the mix, and for those that don’t know this project it is another album that you should look into. There is also a DVD concert for that recording which is spectacular in its performance content.
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